Liceo Scientifico Ariosto Spallanzani of Reggio Emilia, with its research project on smog alerts and improvement of the air quality and with its educational experience in investigating the pollution factors that are present in the territory, was announced today in Turin as the winner of the third edition (the first at a national level) of the competition Mad for Science promoted by DiaSorin, open to 1,600 Italian Scientific Lyceums which were invited to participate for a chance to win cash prizes to be used for implementing their own existing scientific educational biolaboratory starting with the school year 2019. 152 lyceums from throughout Italy entered the competition. The finals took place this morning at Grandi Officine Riparazioni of Turin, hosted by the journalist of SkyTg24, Raffaella Cesaroni.
The participating lyceums were asked to realize a set of educational laboratory experiences, consistent with Objectives 13, 14 and 15 for the Sustainable Development of the 2030 Agenda promoted by the UN, and to plan for their implementation in the school laboratory.
The top two lyceums were awarded the set up of a biolaboratory (for a maximum value respectively of Euro 50,000 and Euro 25,000) and a supply of the necessary consumables (up to a maximum of Euro 5,000 and Euro 2,500 per year, respectively, for 5 years starting in 2019). The Jury also awarded a Special Prize for Communications of Euro 10,000 to be used for the purchase of laboratory materials, to the team that - among the 8 finalists - stood out for the quality of their presentation and their skilled public speaking.
The prize-awarding ceremony was held by the Chairman of DiaSorin, Gustavo Denegri who, underlining the quality of all the projects submitted, encouraged the finalist students and teachers to continue to love science and to ensure that it becomes an increasingly fundamental part of the educational path for current and future generations.
Studying science means to learn how to understand life and by understanding life we become increasingly more capable of providing effective answers to the issues that need to be addressed based on the extraordinary inputs that only science can provide.
The 2020 edition of the competition was announced. It will be titled “Mens sana in corpore sano”.
The Independent Jury, composed of Francesca Pasinelli (General Manager of Fondazione Telethon), Mario Calabresi (Italian journalist and writer), Gaetano Manfredi (Rector of Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II), Andrea Salonia (Writer and Tenured Professor of Urology at Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele) and Elena Zambon (Chairman of Zambon S.p.A.) awarded the first prize to the Liceo Ariosto Spallanzani of Reggio Emilia project, presented by the teacher Eleonora Franchini and the students Maria Chiara Benevelli, Tommaso Pagliani, Federico Pessina, Simone Pucci, Tommaso Siligardi.
According to the Jury, the Liceo Ariosto Spallanzani of Reggio Emilia project won first prize because it was complex, interdisciplinary and developed over five years, with a solid educational connotation, strongly linked to the territory and sustainable over time. The central role played by the students, both in presenting and describing the project contributed to the high score.
The Jury also identified Liceo Scientifico con Curvatura Biomedica G. Battaglini of Taranto as the winner of the second prize for its project on the sustainable use of phosphorous - an essential component in agriculture - that would guarantee its availability for future generations, presented by the teacher Rosa Lo Noce and the students Sara Boccardi, Santo Dono, Matteo Grandinetti, Ginevra Della Rocca, Paola Vozza. The Jury rewarded the originality of the concept, the rigorous scientific development and the excellent preparation of the team which demonstrated a significant acquisition of skills by the students.
Second place winner was “Liceo Scientifico con Curvatura Biomedica G. Battaglini” of Taranto, awarded with Euro 37.5 thousand
The Special Award for Communications of Euro 10 thousand to be used for purchasing laboratory materials went to IIS Lorenzo Cobianchi delle Scienze Applicate of Verbania represented by the teacher Claudio Alessandro Vicari and the students Melania Alcide, Lorenzo Beggio, Sophie Cavallini, Gaia Micotti, Fabio Motetta.
All the schools that submitted a project shall be awarded a free subscription to the magazine “Le Scienze”, the Italian edition of Scientific American, for the next 12 months.
The 8 finalist scientific lyceums - Liceo Scientifico Scienze Applicate Beata Vergine San Luca (Bologna), Liceo Scientifico Ariosto Spallanzani (Reggio Emilia), IIS Lorenzo Cobianchi delle Scienze Applicate (Verbania), Liceo Scientifico con Curvatura Biomedica G. Battaglini (Taranto), Liceo Scientifico Copernico (Prato),Liceo Scientifico Giovanni Spano (Sassari), Liceo Scientifico Failla Tedaldi (Castelbuono - PA) and Liceo Scientifico Leonardo Da Vinci (Treviso) - competed this morning before public authorities, representatives of companies and a delegation of the finalist lyceums.
Liceo Scientifico Ariosto Spallanzani of Reggio Emilia is added to the golden register of the “Mad for Science” competition, with the two prior editions won by IIS Nicola Pellati (scientific specialization Galileo Galilei) of Nizza Monferrato (AT) and Istituto Statale Augusto Monti of Asti.
Each year Mad for Science makes us more and more proud of how much knowledge already exists in our country at the high school level. The teachers who have accompanied the students to the finals of this competition have demonstrated how important it is to love science and even more so, how important it is to pass on this passion to the next generations. It is our, and DiaSorin's, hope to be able to help young people to love scientific subjects and be aware of the great professional opportunities that science can offer
At the closing of the event, the fourth edition of the 2020 competition “Mad for Science” was announced. It will be titled “Mens sana in corpore sano” and it asks the participants to develop a theme of global importance consistent with the Objectives 2, 3 and 6 of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.
All the phases and steps up to the finals held on 22 May can be found on the Facebook Page “Mad for Science by DiaSorin”, on the Instagram profile madforsciencebydiasorin and through the hashtags #madforscience2019 and #madforsciencebydiasorin
For more information, visit the web site www.madforscience.it